The Don't-Miss List: Second City on Chicago History, Twyla Tharp and an 'Opus'
Starting tonight (Thursday the 5th), the Gift Theatre will present Ten, a collection of ten ten-minute plays written to celebrate the theater's tenth anniversary by no-slouch playwrights including David Rabe, Eric Bogosian and Stephen Adly Guirgis (whose shows Streamers, Talk Radio and The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, respectively, the company has done in the course of its history). These performances are free to Gift Theatre subscribers, and (if there are any left over) to anyone else who can manage to score tickets by calling the theater at (773) 283-7071. The catch: there will only be guess-how-many performances, so hustle! Thursdays and Fridays 7:30 P.M., Saturdays at 4:00 P.M. and 7:30 P.M and Sundays at 2:30 PM., this weekend and next. (Editor's Note: Jonathan agrees! See his thoughts below.)
“Generation Bitch”: love the title. Its three young female choreographers, including Minneapolitan April Sellers, are all from Minnesota. But really, being a bitch is kind of an equal opportunity situation, geographically speaking. At any rate, these artists are questioning traditional gender roles—sometimes in what will at least sound like a bowling alley, thanks to a live drummer. Sellers describes her Instructions to a Fancy Pack as “a bowling team taking a lane, then developing into a showgirl piece.” Friday through Sunday at Link’s Hall.
For the first full weekend of 2012, theater smarty-pants should head for the tiny Gift Theatre in Jefferson Park (stash the car; take the Blue Line or a Lawrence, Foster or Milwaukee bus) for Ten: A World Premiere. In honor of its 10th anniversary (already? My goodness!), the troupe has commissioned 10 short plays by the likes of David Rabe, Eric Bogosian, Craig Wright and Stephen Adly Guirgis (plus several top Chicago authors) which it will offer in 10 performances only (through Jan. 15). What's more, all 10 shows are FREE! But remember: the Gift has only about 40 seats, so you'd better call and reserve your place at the table for Ten: A World Premiere.
Correction: A previous version of this post stated that The Second City's History of Chicago would be closing on Wednesday the 11th; in actuality, the show has an open run.